How do you properly clean a vaginal tear?

I have third degree tears from my cervix almost to my bum from giving birth a few days ago. I have been using aloe wipes, sitz bath, witch hazel wipes, and some kind of medicated spray pain reliever. But they never told my how to actually wash when I take a bath/shower. I took a shower when i got home from the hospital, but I didn't use soap down there because it was too tender.

I'm getting ready to take a hot bath for pain relief, but is there a particular way I need to wash? Soap or what? HELP!

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:00 AM on Jan. 3, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • No soap, but keep up with your sitz baths! What doctor tells you NOT to take baths anymore? Very old school adivce there. You're just not supposed to put anything in the water. I didn't have the opportunity to sit in it as often as they recommended, but I'm VERY confident that my recovery would have gone a lot better if I had!

    The squirt bottle thing is also very helpful: use it every time you go to the bathroom. Did your hospital give you one?
    KatieCrandall

    Answer by KatieCrandall at 4:10 AM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • No soap!! I was told to not take a bath, only showers. I was allowed to take a bath in hot water only for pain relief, but was told to rinse off well after wards. Did they give you a syringe or anything to spray warm water on yourself with? That's what I was given, and all I was told to use, that and the tucks pads..

    Good Luck hon!
    maggerralla

    Answer by maggerralla at 2:04 AM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • OP here---I have a squirty bottle thing that I use with hot water instead of the sitz bath bc I couldn't get it to work right. It only works for pain temporarily...
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:06 AM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • good thing I had a c-section!!!!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:07 AM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • I was torn as well. Dont take a bath. That can cause an infection. Take a cloth the smoothest one (one with out big loops of threads on them if you know what i mean, if not message me and i'll tell ya) But dont use soap unless your doctor says its ok. And dont use hot water, use room temp. and try to make sure your dry when your done. germs grow in dark moist places the best.
    russian-mommy

    Answer by russian-mommy at 2:08 AM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • I was told not to take a bath and not to use soaps or perfumes or anything on there other than water. I'm currently dealing with a second degree tear, it sucks ass >:(

    I have the squirt bottle thingie too, and Dermaplast (the pain relieving spray) for when it hurts. I've pretty much stuck to only cleaning it when I'm on the toilet, after every time I go. I'm too terrified to use a washcloth down there at the moment, maybe in a week or two I won't be so scared of it lol.
    caitxrawks

    Answer by caitxrawks at 8:06 AM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • I agree...no baths. You'd just be sitting in germy water and the last thing you need is an infection there on top of the pain you already have. Use the spray bottle every time you go to the bathroom and then in the shower...that should be enough.
    kabbot01

    Answer by kabbot01 at 9:21 AM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • The spray stuff for pain worked well with me. Also I'd take the peri (?) bottle in the shower with me to help me rinse off down there. No soap
    julipickle

    Answer by julipickle at 3:47 PM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • I feel for you ,but can't say I feel ur pain because I had a sea-section, and by the sound of your pain I am grateful for it.... Good Luck with your recovery!!!!!!
    Jeander00

    Answer by Jeander00 at 8:39 PM on Jan. 3, 2009

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